Science Talks the Hobbit

In this week’s edition of Science Talk, the podcast of Scientific American, there’s a segment entitled Little Brains, Big Brains, about the Indonesian hobbit or homo floresiensis.

Little Brains, Big Brains: Latest Flores Hobbit News
Scientific American, May 21 2008

You can download the podcast or listen to it straight from the site. Kate Wong, the resident anthropology expert talks about a recent American Association of Physical Anthropologists meeting where the sessions involving the Hobbit was a pretty hot topic. She gives an overview of what is known about the find, but I think there wasn’t enough attention paid to the skeptics and criticisms to the hobbit thesis – in part, this may be since plenty of criticism has come from the Indonesian (read: non-western) scientists themselves.

Get the latest on the Flores Hobbit:
Genetic structure of Flores island (Azores, Portugal) in the 19th century and in the present day: evidence from surname analysis.: An article from: Human Biology
The size of scalable brain components in the human evolutionary lineage: With a comment on the paradox of Homo floresiensis [An article from: HOMO – Journal of Comparative Human Biology]
A big discovery about little people.: An article from: Science News for Kids
A New Human: The Startling Discovery and Strange Story of the “Hobbits” of Flores, Indonesia

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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